A Democratic congressman thinks President Trump has created a “totalitarian” government that reminds him “more of Russia than the United States of America.”
Rep. Gregory Meeks blasted the president on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt” on Saturday, commenting on a New York Times report that Trump had urged a lawyer to lobby Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe of alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
“It seems Jeff Sessions wants this job so badly that he’s giving in to the pressures applied by the president for to him do several things,” Meeks said. “Now it is clear, it came out over the week, that the president had asked his, one of his top attorneys to ask Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the investigation and Sessions’ job was to protect the president. That’s not what his job is.”
Meeks added that what is unfolding now “with this president and with [Republicans] as co-conspirators is the undermining of our democratic institutions.”
“What … Mr. Trump seems to want to be … it reminds me more of Russia than the United States of America,” the New York Democrat said with no pushback from MSNBC host Alex Witt.
“We’re in an atmosphere of a foreign government that’s totalitarian,” the lawmaker continued, “where the president is saying that ‘I can go after my political enemies’ and try to say, we want our institution to put somebody in jail.”
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